Summer is coming to an end, which means colder and wetter weather is on the way! And with that comes the common colds and flu bugs that seem to be lurking around every corner. Furthermore, with school starting up in September, and less people taking vacation, there will be more foot traffic in businesses. Are you prepared to combat the bacteria in order to keep your customers and employees free of illnesses?
At Swan we provide Purell with either the wall-mount or stand alone dispensers. The benefit of using Purell is that it is extremely gentle on hands, but works so hard to fight infection and bacteria. Just 1 squirt of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills as many germs as two squirts of any other national brand!
Call Swan today to find out more about our Purell dispensers. It’s easy and convenient as we ensure that your Purell is always full and ready to go.
Use A Standing Desk? Save Your Legs With Anti-Fatigue Mats!
If you work in an office, I’m sure you’ve discovered how sitting for long periods can be taxing on your muscles. Many offices are now providing standing desks as an option to try and combat this issue. In fact, research shows that using a standing desk can improve employees’ health, mood and productivity.
However, standing for long periods of time can also be detrimental to one’s health. Leg muscles can become totally static and constricted as they work overtime to keep the person in an upright position. Blood flow is also often reduced which causes pain and discomfort. This is where anti-fatigue mats come in. When a person stands on one of these mats, his/her muscles will subtly contract and expand as they adjust to the flexibility of the mat. This muscle movement increases blood-flow and increases the amount of oxygen reaching the heart. Plus, fatigue is significantly reduced. And let’s not forget the comfortability of anti-fatigue mats! Who wouldn’t feel happier at work when they feel more comfortable and at ease?
To learn more about the many benefits of an anti-fatigue mat, call Swan today!
Studies have proven that it can take up to $500 to remove 1 pound of dirt that has been tracked into your business.
If you have an entry mat, and your customers take at least three steps on a mat, it will remove 90% of the dirt that would otherwise have been tracked into your shop. The entry mat is your first line of defence against this dirt.
Further studies have shown that 80% of the dirt that enters a business comes through the door. So place mats at all entrances, and save yourself both time and money, while preserving your floors and maintain a cleaner environment indoors.
Swan offers all sorts of mops to meet your business needs
We can provide your business with clean mops so that you can stay ahead of wet floors, and any dirt or mess that enters your workplace. You protect your floors, and save money on cleaning products. Your workplace stays safe from slip and fall accidents that can occfur from wet or greasy floors.
We have wet mops, treated mops and dry mops. Swan changes them out with clean stock, taking the dirt away and leaving your iwth a fresh stock.
Protect your investment of flooring, and maintain a safe place for both workers and customers by mopping away dirt and spills. Contact us today for a free quote.
How can you prevent accidents from slips and falls in your workplace?
Statistics show that 77% of slips and falls happen on the same level from slips and trips. Slips happen when there is too little traction between footwear and walking surface. Common causes are occasional spills, wet or oily surfaces and weather hazards.
Having a mop to clean up wet floors and spills, and placing mats in areas that may be wet from weather or other spills, are cost effective ways to manage these hazards that can occur in your workplace.
Canadian weather offers us many challenges, as much as Canadian are accustom to our seasonal changes, safety is always in season
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has other tips on ways to keep your workplace safe.
Swan Dust Control has locations in Waterloo, London and Brampton. So how can we provide service to all of Canada? We have a network of local service providers that enables us to deliver to your door across Canada, with a few exceptions in the North.
Swan prides intself on providing a better mat than our competitors too. Have you ever noticed when entering a business that the mats are not clean, are faded, or are generally in poor condition? You will not find a Swan Dust Control mat like that. When you see the small white swan in the corner of the mat, you can count on the quality.
What do we do when our mats become faded, or thin? We donate these mats to third world nations where they are used in many settling such a schools, hospitals and other places that may not have proper flooring.
Do yourself a a favour, if you are currently receiving service from one of our competitors, contact Swan for a free quote, and you will be surprised to find we can save you money and provide a better product.
Why choose an anti-fatigue mat for workers that stand?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Why choose an anti-fatigue mat?
All the wellness talk today is about “standing desks” and the need to get up and move around if you have a desk job that has you sitting much if the work day. However there are many workers that are on their feet all day to perform their job, so let’s consider the benefits of providing anti-fatigue mats for these workers.
At Cornell University, Ergonomists have long recognized that standing to work is more tiring than sitting to work. Standing requires 20% more energy than sitting and standing puts greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs and feet.Prolonged standing at work increases the risks of varicose veins and according to scientific data, standing for long periods of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety states many workers will experience discomfort, tiredness, sore feet, legs, knees or hips after long hours of standing. These are the combined effect of several factors, namely the design of the work, the workers' footwear, and the flooring material where they stand. Regardless of the quality of shoes and quality of the floor covering, standing itself can cause tiredness after an entire working day.
There are several factors to consider when determining ways to improve employee productivity and comfort. The type of flooring used in the workplace has an important influence on comfort, especially on tender feet. Hard, unyielding floors, like concrete, are the least comfortable surface to work on. Walking on a hard floor is similar to the impact of a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber - anything that provides some elasticity - is generally gentler on workers' feet. More than that, softer floor coverings reduce fatigue and improve safety by reducing slips and falls on slippery floors.
Anti-fatigue mats can provide a solution however in choosing a mat a number of items need to be considered. First the thickness of the mat; softer and thicker may not always be better. Choose a mat that provides some elasticity, but at the same time is not so soft that a person feels they cannot stand comfortably.
Know the environment the mat will be used in.
Mats should not slip, or create a trip hazard.
Mats should have sloped edges (sloped edges are less of a trip hazard, and allows carts to roll over them more easily)
Mats need to be kept clean. In areas, such as food preparation, maintaining cleanliness will be important.
Mats should be anti-static
Does the work area require a mat with holes that provides drainage for kitchens, locker rooms, food-processing areas, behind bars and in machine shops?
If you are unable to change the flooring and you wish to improve comfort for standing workers, for improved health, safety and productivity at your place business consider putting anti-fatigue mats to work for you.
You take pride in your business and how you present your business to your customers, counts. With clean mats at your entry and throughout your business you provide a clean and safe environment for your customers and your employees.
Some of the benefits include;
No up-front investment
No inventory to store
Continuous clean item supply
frequent pick-up and delivery
lower maintenance costs
Swan offers logo mats, scraper mats and anti-fatigue mats, as well as wet and dry mops. Keep your business clean and safe from slip and fall accidents by letting us do the dirty work. We offer a large range of mat sizes to meet your needs. We take the dirt away, so that you and your employees can focus on what you do best, serving your cusotmers.
Managing dirt in your workplace is needed year round
The Spring/Summer is the time to review and renew your preventive maintenance programs. An effective matting program can save thousands of dollars in cleaning costs and potential liability from slip and fall accidents. Good quality mats, placed in the proper locations, serve as an accident prevention system averting injuries before they happen. Additionally, mats can capture, trap, hold and hide dirt and moisture, keeping it from being tracked into the facility. The end result provides a safer, cleaner, and healthier environment for customers and employees while lowering maintenance costs and enhancing the preservation of expensive flooring.
The features and benefits of a year-long floor mat service are as follows:
Reduces slip and fall accidents that could result in injuries and legal issues
Provides a safer and cleaner environment for your customers and employees.
Lowers maintenance costs by preserving expensive flooring.
Improves cleanliness of your facility which equates to enhance customer experiences increasing revenue and profits.
Mats should be a part of your business whether you are welcoming customers or reminding workers about health and safety. Swan Dust Control offers many options beyond your company logo. Just a few examples of other messages that can be displayed on mat;
Quality is the key to success
Attention to detail
These subtle messages appearing in the workplace can reinforce important concepts. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you create your own messages on mats.